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Smartphone sales are expected to outpace those of traditional cell phones in 2013, but that doesn't mean that these mobile devices are being adopted across the board. Indeed, a recent study coming out of the UK suggests that the greatest divide among smartphone users isn't necessarily along financial lines, it may be gender. Statistically speaking, ladies may be more likely to say "sell my cell phone" and pick up the newest handheld.
British global market research firm Mintel recently released a study on the technological adoption habits of children aged 7 to 15, finding that young women were more likely to use mobile tech like smartphones and tablets than their male counterparts. According to the Telegraph, 45 percent of the girls surveyed claimed that they used these devices every day, compared to only 35 percent of boys within the same age range.
The study also found that girls were more likely to purchase MP3 players and laptop computers.
Technology analyst Samuel Gee believes the results could speak to the different viewpoints of the genders, with boys more focused on entertainment items and girls enjoying technology that enhances communication and allows them to be more social.
Interestingly, despite the gender inequality in usage, the study found that most children within the surveyed age group had embraced modern technology. Only 14 percent of those surveyed claimed to never use a smartphone, with most of those respondents noted to be on the younger side of the equation.
Parents' attitudes toward technology were also reflected in the survey results, with Mintel reporting that two-thirds of respondents noted that internet-connected devices were readily used to help family members bond, whether it was reading e-books at storytime or looking up kids' favorite TV shows.
Notebooks have become a popular alternative to traditional laptops in recent years. Ideal for users who don't need the bells and whistles of high-end laptops, these lightweight machines are perfect for browsing the web on the go. Of course, when choosing a notebook, price is often one of the most important factors, but according to a senior executive at Intel, these compact machines could soon become a whole lot cheaper, reports CNET.
According to the news source, Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, believes notebook PCs could soon become available for as little as $200, and that these devices will run Google's Android operating system and feature Intel's Atom mobile processor. Currently, notebooks can cost upward of $500.
"We have a good technology that enables a very cost-effective price point," Perlmutter told the news source.
Of course, Intel faces some stiff competition for dominance of the mobile CPU marketplace. Currently, the little-known but increasingly popular Qualcomm chips are featured in popular mobile devices like Samsung's Galaxy S IV and Apple's iPhone 5, but Intel's new range of processors could soon challenge Qualcomm's position. Perlmutter claims Intel is currently working on an integrated chip that features LTE connectivity on the same piece of silicon as the application processor, which could result in significantly faster speeds across a range of devices.
Several major hardware manufacturers are turning to the Android platform after experiencing difficulties with the Windows 8 operating system. According to The Register, initial sales figures for Microsoft's flagship Surface notebook have been disappointing, leading companies like Lenovo, Acer, Asus and HP to consider alternative development platforms, such as Android.
Whether notebooks will actually reach the $200 price point remains to be seen, but there is little doubt that Intel seems intent on muscling in on the burgeoning notebook market. If you're ready to sell your laptop and upgrade to a more portable notebook, head to USell.com and cash in on your old devices.